Charlotte's Web Easter Egg - Charlotte's Web - Meaning Behind the Name Templeton

The name of the rat in Charlotte's Web was "Templeton". The author of the book was E.B. White who was a Fiji (Phi Gamma Delta). He named the rat after one of the founders of the fraternity (John Templeton McCarty). Pretty Cool insight.

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Contributed By: okman on 11-27-2000
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Pookey writes:
Disregarding all above comments on whether or not Templeton was rat or mouse, it was an interesting fact to learn.
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jenni writes:
Well, I think that E.B. White would know and care if it was a rat or a mouse, but I think that he is a rat because he is cute and likes to stash things in his hide-away.
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Dannerman writes:
Wouldn't this be more appropriate for Trivia instead of Easter Eggs?
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sahana64 writes:
Pack rat......pack mouse, hmmmm. ;-)
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stacie_yates writes:
Templeton was a rat, not a mouse.
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HannahJoy writes:
I thought Templeton was a shrew.
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I'm sure Templeton was a *Rat* and not a mouse.
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Jade writes:
Isn't that what eeggs are all about? Details!
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Terran writes:
THANK YOU!! Templeton was a RAT and there is a huge difference between RAT and MOUSE.. I have a fancy Pet Rat named after Templeton from the book.... T
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c'mon, ppl! why does it matter if Templeton was a rat or mouse? hello! is this just a scrutiny match?
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Corrector writes:
Templeton is a rat, not a mouse.
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Elizabeth writes:
I have a friend nick-named Tempelton, because he reminds me of a rat. I think that Tempelton is definatly a rat, not a mouse!!!
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OMFG !! Templeton is and was a freakin RAT ppl. Mice do not have such long tails and such big teeth. I have rats and they re4semble Templeton. (lol) I have had mice and they resemble Stuart Little. Jeez !
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poidog writes:
The difference between a rat and a mouse could be considered in the terms that people feel about the animals and the way they've commonly been perceived (aka. you dirty rat). Maybe he didn't like the house founder, and equated him with a dishonest rat.
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